Expat Experiences

Expat Experiences

You know by now you’re not alone in wanting to move to Mexico – to become an Expat yourself – so read the following emails I’ve received, and you’ll be even more ready to put your plans in action!

Hi Barbie,  I still visit your site to see what is going on around the world with fellow adventurist Americans. I will be in the Manzanillo area for a month or two looking at real estate, since I am moving to that area next winter. If I own property, the FM-3 requirement is cut in half. I draw my late wife’s S.S. since I’m only 60,and can live on it easily until my retirement and pensions kick in.
Why should I put up with the high cost of insurance, and the c-o-l-d.  Have a great Christmas.  Greg in the cold.

Pelicans fishing

Hi Barbie, I’m the lady from xxxxxl,TX I wanted you to know that I have moved to Yalcoba MEX.
I just got a new e mail address ,It is bobbyxxxxxxxx.
I want to thank you for all your information you sent me. May I ask where you live.
We had to sell every thing because no Moving Van WILL CROSS THE MEXICAN BOARDER.
I had to buy a computer here and the key board is not like the states I can’t find the question mark or space etc. on this board. Thanks again. Hoping to hear from you.
And, then a little later, after I did inform this Expat of a few firms who do move people into Mexico, I received this email: 

Good afternoon:
Well here we are in the Yucatan. I guess it will take time to get used to there ways and counting peso.
Can you tell me, can we buy a pickup here and put the title in both our name? 
In one of your letters you said something about people over 50 could get a card for discount on busses and tours etc. can you tell me where I can get a card?  I am 81 and my husband is 86 years young. Thank God there are people like you who can help us old folks.
I bought a computer here and I’m still having problems with the keyboard.
Thank you so much, Barbara B.  (I did give Barbara B. the info she was wondering about – Barbie)                    


Strictly for Tourists

Hola Barbie, Things are good here. I live in a small valley in the interior where it 85% every day now. We are well into Summer-type weather. I just love it here. When you say cold weather, I say no way.
I am ready as I can be this year for the holiday season. It is in full swing here with Christmas trees and decorations everywhere.
Hope all is well with you. I will read your new info. about Mex. today.
Wishing you a very HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON !!!!!!  Kamili


Calm Sea

Barbie, Last week I returned from 2 weeks in Mexico, and 5 of the days were spent in Guanajuato and the rest in Melaque.
After this first ever visit to Mexico, I am definitely going to retire there in the next 2-4 years, so I am going to pay attention to your site.
The biggest thing I learned was that I am an ignorant American. I am literally embarrassed. I will be doing a ton of self-education before I move.
My next trip is already planned and it will be from mid-december to mid-january.
After 2 more winters I will be retiring there, no doubt in my mind.
Thank you all your on-line work!, John  (I told this “Future Expat”, John to make sure he reads all the free articles here on my site – Barbie)

Hi Barbie, I really appreciate your email and information.
I spend nearly 2 months last year in Playa Del Carmen and enjoyed my self but also had dental work done. Three root canals and then crowns and three implants and crowns. Price lower then anywhere and they could not have done a better job in USA.
I will email you with information.  Bob

From happy Expat Friends living on the Sea of Cortez:  Barbie, we already have found OUR paradise right here in Mazatlan! :-*


Practical bamboo shade from the sun

Hi Barbie, I was in Mexico in the states of Colima and Jalisco for one and a half months. I found numerous places for sale away from gringos, so they are by far cheaper. I can live in Mexico for under $1000.00 a month, The only trick is not living in gated communities, and cook as the locals cook. I did contact two real estate offices and they wanted to sell gated community homes. I found that driving away from cities and asking locals, had the best results. I will start to live there four or five months a year next January.
Traveling around on vacations in Mexico for the last ten years has been a safe and enjoyable experience. It’s just about time to stay a vacation. When I turned 60 last summer I retired.  Happy trails and all of that.  Greg  (This Expat did take my suggestion about checking with locals!)

Hi Barbie – thanks for sending the info on Mexico — I’m hoping we can get to San Miguel de Allende next year — I play jazz piano and a famous trumpet player (Doc Severinsen) has retired to that area and there’s is quite a large jazz scene there – so that’s the logical place for us to try the one-year test.  I’ll get back to you when the move date is closer.  John

Hi Barbie, Doug here in Canada.  Long time no hear and nice to hear from you today.  Interesting letters came in from you. Our son and his wife are leaving and have a business in Merida…they love it/. We are going down for a visit this fall and maybe buy a property as they have
Kind regards.  Doug

Hi Barbie,  Wow it has been awhile since I started getting your books and newletters.  May I tell you that I use them all the time.  I have been here in Mexico for 3 years now.  Cant believe it !!!!!
Well every now and then I have to refer back to your book if a question is asked of me by one of my friends.  I went there recently to look up information you had on the Money in Mexico, great photos.  But my books and newsletters are gone !!!!!  My computer was fried several months ago, so I’m taking it that I have lost my books also.  Can you tell me how to get it back?   Just bought a new ClickFree back up system for my computer, it works like a charm, but I’m trying to get back some of things I have lots. CAN YOU HELP PLEASE.  (I did – they have my book back and everything else now.)
Loved the newletter on Mexico insurance.    Will be looking into that also,  Thanks
Oh yes, I’m sure you know, but is there any information on the “OLD PEOPLES” card, lol  that you can travel around Mexico for half price?  Been hearing about that.  
Stay well.   One of your friends out here in internet space somewhere, Sherry ,where it all began.  lol  


A busy corner

Hola Barbie:  We have been living in Ajijic for about 6 months.  We love this place.  We bought a condo in Puerto Vallarta 5 years ago and have traveled to the Lago De Chapala area a lot since buying our vacation home.  Last year we made the decision to move to Mexico permanently and found a wonderful home in Ajijic.  No regrets.
I wanted to make a few of comments regarding some observations I’ve made so far while living full time in Mexico.
1. Americans and Canadians who are impatient and unwilling to adjust to the Mexican time table should go home.  They are miserable here and should get out.
2. So far the rudest and most UNFRIENDLY people we’ve come upon are older Americans and Canadians.  What’s wrong with a smile once in a while?  If you are miserable here, then go back!
3. Mexico is NOT the huge bargain it once was.  If a person is moving to Mexico, just to save money, then they need to stay home.  Coming here for financial reasons is the wrong motivator.  You will be miserable.
Finally, I’d like to remind people that even with permanent imigrado status, we are all still GUESTS in Mexico.  The Mexican people are kind and warm.  Most of them have a different value system, than most people from the North. Punctuality is variable.  Family, friends, the joy of life are far more important than waiting in some stupid line. 

Finally, I want to say to my Northern Associates…”Get over yourselves”.  Mexico, the Mexican people and I will all survive without you.  Stop thinking you can make Mexico into a cheaper version of where you came from.  It isn’t going to happen.   Christian



 So, some of these folks are already living the life they wanted in retirement – are you making your plans to become an Expat?

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3 Responses to Expat Experiences

  1. Alexandra Duterrau

    July 1, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Howdy! I realize this is sort of off-topic but I needed to ask. Does managing a well-established blog like yours take a large amount of work? I’m completely new to running a blog but I do write in my journal on a daily basis. I’d like to start a blog so I can share my experience and feelings online. Please let me know if you have any kind of suggestions or tips for brand new aspiring bloggers. Appreciate it!

  2. seo

    January 31, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Hi there would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working with? I’m looking to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a hard time selecting between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique. P.S Sorry for being off-topic but I had to ask!

  3. Barbie


    February 2, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I use WordPress.

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